On-road & Off-road Safety

Motor vehicle collisions both on-road (i.e. with cars,bicycles, or pedestrians) and off-road (i.e. with all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, or boats) are some of the leading causes of injury in Northwestern Ontario. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit works in promoting safety and preventing injuries in these areas. TBDHU does this by:

  • Working with community partners to develop safety related programs & campaigns
  • Raising  awareness about on & off road safety
  • Informing  the general public of how to reduce the risks

 

Road Safety and You

On-Road

Cycling

Cycling is one of the healthiest and most environmentally friendly ways to get around town. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers on the road and it is important to make sure all road users feel safe. To feel more confident and safe when cycling, visit Safe Cycling Thunder Bay to learn about courses offered in the area.

Remember that it is always important to wear your helmet when cycling. By law, it is required for anyone under 18-years old and strongly recommended for everyone else.

Find out more about Cycling in Thunder Bay or learn about Bicycle Safety on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website.

 

Car Seat Safety

Up to 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly, which could lead to serious injury. Further, car seats purchased in the United States and elsewhere may not meet Canada’s standards.

Find out more on our Car Seat Safety page.

 

Off-road

ATV

ATVs can be fun recreational vehicles, but they are still powerful machines. Every year in the District of Thunder Bay, people are injured and even killed while driving ATVs. Many of those injured are children. It is important to always wear a helmet and other protective clothing, obey the laws and know and understand your ATV or other off-road vehicle. Download the ATV Passenger Safety Poster (PDF), demonstrating proper passenger safety on an ATV.

The TBDHU is part of the SAVE Committee, helping to promote the safe use of off-road vehicles throughout Northwestern Ontario.

For general information about safe ATVing, please visit the Ministry of Transportation or the Canada Safety Council.

ATV Passenger Safety Poster

 

Boating

There are many injuries and even deaths each year in the District of Thunder Bay due to unsafe boating and watercraft use. Many are linked to not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) and/or drinking alcohol. Please enjoy the waterways safely!

The TBDHU is part of the SAVE Committee, helping promote the safe use of boats and watercrafts throughout Northwestern Ontario.

For general information about safe boating, please visit Transport Canada or the Canadian Red Cross to find out more about lifejackets and PFDs.

 

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is a great way to enjoy the fresh outdoors. But as with other off-road vehicles, it is important to do so safely. Most, if not all injuries that occur when snowmobiling are preventable.

The TBDHU is part of the SAVE Committee, helping to promote safe use of snowmobiles throughout Northwestern Ontario.

For general information about safe snowmobiling, please visit the Ministry of Transportation or Go Snowmobiling Ontario.

 

For Further Information

Call the Injury Prevention & Substance Misuse Program: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 11/09/2017